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Friday, April 5, 2013

#NCMR13: Tracking the Latest in Media Reform

Link TV will be live blogging all weekend from the 2013 National Conference for Media Reform in Denver. We'll be covering the latest policies and actions on how to reform corporate media.
  1. Media, Technology and Crisis
  2. This session, moderated by Free Press' Josh Stearns, featured Madeleine Bair of WITNESS, Tunisian-American human rights advocate Wafa Ben Hassine, freelance journalist Vivian Salama, and Matt Stempeck of the MIT Media Lab. It was very applicable to what we're doing at LinkTV World News, as far as using raw video and citizen journalism to report from on the ground in crisis zones. 
  3. Here are some of the most interesting points made: 
  4. - Verification is the first thing on anyone's mind as a journalist using raw video, whether the video is on YouTube or elsewhere. Many times the video is uploaded by activists, who are biased and untrained. In recent years, journalists have improved at verifying through getting multiple sources and utilizing tools such as Storyful. Raw video needs to be looked at skeptically but taken seriously. A new app that WITNESS is working on will authenticate video through embedded metadata from local cell towers, with time and date info. 
  5. - From Matt Stempeck: "Ability to deliver attention to something is a gift in itself." It isn't just about reporting from conflict or crisis zones, it's about bringing attention to that citizen journalism. Channels of attention aren't equal; different news organizations direct their attention to different places and often not to underreported crises. Just because there is an ability to deliver news doesn't mean there is an audience. Independent media organizations and journalists need to figure out how to direct people's attention to underreported areas and crises. 
  6. - From Wafa Ben Hassine: "Participatory media is about making media but also about holding media accountable." Citizen journalists need to make media, but also make mainstream or traditional outlets aware of what they are reporting on in their areas. Technology has democratized media making, yet that means that online activists and digital journalists are targets in crisis zones. More are threatened now, and more violence against journalists is occurring. WITNESS is developing tech that would blur the faces of activists to prevent repercussions. YouTube has a way to do this. 
  7. - Media literacy should be a core part of education in this country, at every level of education. Activism journalism versus objective journalism is a false dichotomy, a rich media environment needs multiple perspectives. All points of view are needed. So are people media literate enough to distinguish between the two? The onus then falls on the media consumer. Should social actions related to a news story be explicit, or are people media literate enough to extrapolate what they can do from the story? At Link TV, we think that it's helpful to have related social actions. But many organizations disagree. Interesting conversation. 
  8. Blogs about KCETLink and Shadows of Liberty
  9. Citizen Empowered and Environmental Justice TV blogged about KCETLink's Shadows of Liberty premiere:

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